August Udoh, who has been recognized for his many photo documentaries and photographs of celebrities, was made the newest chairman of photography in Nigeria. He recently chatted with Jaguda.com to give them an inside look at his life as a photographer and the workshops he offers to those interested in the business.
While Udoh has gained popularity for snapping photos of celebrities, such as M.I, eLDee, Eva Alordiah, Burna Boy, Olamide, Sound Sultan and Iceprince, he isn’t merely a celebrity photographer. His extensive portfolio includes work with documentary, editorials, print, entertainment and portraits. Some of his most sought after photographs have been taken of the Kogi Flood victims and the Dambe traditional boxers in Lagos state.
Udoh explains how he views his own process of photographing to Jaguda.com, saying: “In my work there is a part that is documentary, Meaning I work with what’s in front of me, its not made up but its put into play, it’s an alibi for creating situations and telling stories, I don’t invent the stories, am more like an observer. I think of as the note taker in a courtroom typing away, No prior interest, just getting every single detail sent my way.”
As far as having a significant reason for taking photographs, Udoh believes that it is crucial to capture photos of Nigerians, so that they can be reminded of their lineage and history: “Photography is important because as a Nigerian I observe we forget a lot of things, we forget where we come from, who we are, where we are heading to. We left behind a lot of our history hence why we have a lot of our society with identity problem, everybody is struggling to be someone else, so in order not to forget, I have a passion to remind the society of who we are through my photographs.”
Even though Udoh has become established in the photography world he remains humble by mentoring aspiring photographers looking to further their careers.
“We have yearly photography workshops, mostly focused on teaching beginners in photography how to properly handle future jobs when if or when the decide to go pro or keep the photography skill set as a hobby,” said Udoh regarding his Weekend Photography Workshop for Beginners. “We actually have one coming up pretty soon, and it should be pretty enjoyable.”
This upcoming workshop will give amateur photographers the chance to work with Top music magazine, MyStreetZ magazine, Femi Kuti and the Africa Shrine, Female Rapper Eva Alordiah and her Makeup company ‘makeupByOrsela. Those interested in attending the workshop can click here to get more information.